Looking Westward

Looking Westward: Poetry, Landscape, and Politics in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Hardback Published on: 01/03/2009
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In Looking Westward, the author argues that a close study of the poetry, landscape, and politics of late thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Wales and the Welsh March is important to a fuller understanding of the Gawain-poet and his poem. Although the poem was likely composed in the northwest Midlands, little attention has been paid to the influences of the west: the Welsh alliterative poets and Henry Grosmont, the physical landscape of Wales and the March, and the political tensions that generated a historical beheading tradition, especially between 1265 and 1330, a tradition that gave way in the court of Edward III to the desire for a harmonious Camelot. This new literary, geographical, and historical perspective provides a better understanding of Sir Gawain and the virtues he embodies and acquires, and the relevance of these virtues in the turbulence of the poet’s contemporary world.

  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 9781611491111
  • Number of pages: 203
  • Weight: 433g
  • Dimensions: 243 x 167 x 19 mm

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